A timeline of events from the evacuation order on August 27, 2005 to the present.
Created by tulanepr on Jun 3, 2010
Last updated: 05/13/15 at 11:11 AM
Leading Gulf Coast medical centers, universities and public health institutions, including Tulane University, have united to form a consortium to improve community disaster readiness and recovery through research programs targeting health disparities, disaster preparedness and environmental health. The consortium, known as SECURE (Science, Education, Community United to Respond to Emergencies), is funded through a two-year, $4 million grant from the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
Classes begin at the School of Continuing Studies’ new satellite campus in Madison, Mississippi.
Anderson Cooper salutes the class of 2010 for helping New Orleans “rebuild, renew and restart.” The graduates are the first cohort of students to complete the university’s public-service requirement and took an active role in the recovery of the city.
Ten Tulane medical students begin training at Baton Rouge General Medical Center Mid City, following patients and working within an assigned doctor’s clinic. This new program gives Tulane the opportunity to create an exciting and innovative new model for medical training.
President Cowen is among 229 leaders in the sciences, the humanities and the arts, business, public affairs and the nonprofit sector who have been elected members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the world’s most prestigious honorary societies.
The U.S. Economic Development Administration awards Tulane a $3 million grant to help build RiverSphere, a Center of Excellence at Tulane that will promote the development, testing, demonstration and commercialization of renewable energy technology using one of New Orleans' greatest natural resources — the Mississippi River.
A new study shows that Tulane University is New Orleans’ largest private employer and a major economic driver in the region, accounting for approximately $920 million in annual economic activity, and directly and indirectly creating 10,600 jobs throughout Louisiana.
The Times-Picayune awards Tulane President Scott Cowen its Loving Cup, perhaps the greatest honor any New Orleanian can receive for public service to the Crescent City.
With less than a year of construction, the McAlister Place walkway replaces McAlister Drive to unite the uptown campus around walking, bicycling and other outdoor activities.
Tulane University again makes the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. Tulane is one of only a handful of universities that have made the list ever year since its inception in 2006.
Tulanians celebrate along with fans everywhere as the New Orleans Saints win the Super Bowl. The Tulane University Marching Band will be tapped to participate in the victory parade.
44,000 high school seniors apply for admission, shattering records set in 2007, 2008 and 2009. By the end of April, more than 1,600 admitted students will have sent in their deposits.
A $1 million grant from an anonymous donor will help the Tulane City Center strengthen and expand its work to bring affordable, sustainable and innovative housing to the New Orleans area.
A $50 million pledge from the Weatherhead Foundation will establish several University Professorships, a special designation for professors who have achieved outstanding accomplishments and made significant contributions as artists, researchers or scholars. The gift will help Tulane "build one of the nation's best faculty. This, in turn, will help us attract the very best students," said Tulane President Scott Cowen.
Representing the Fleur de Lis Ambassadors, President Scott Cowen and New Orleans City Council President Arnie Fielkow take New Orleans’ story to the National Press Club. The duo cited public education, community-based health care and civic activism as examples of why New Orleans, while remaining an iconoclastic city renowned for its charm and distinctive culture, also should be considered a demonstration lab for disaster recovery and community transformation.
MTV features Tulane student social entrepreneurs on its 24-hour college network, mtvU. The students are finalists in a national “Movers & Changers” competition for social entrepreneurs. The SafeSnip team created a disposable, comprehensive unit to accurately clamp and cut umbilical cords. The WET Tea team plans to sell an artisan tea, and for every box of tea sold, they will plant a baby cypress tree to aid in wetlands restoration.
TIME magazine names President Cowen among the nation’s 10 Best College Presidents, citing his diligent work on behalf of Tulane and New Orleans after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
The Bipartisan Policy Center holds its Inaugural Political Summit at Tulane.
Tulane celebrates its 175th anniversary at homecoming festivities. President Scott Cowen touts Tulane as “the model university for the 21st century” and “a university with unlimited potential.”
Tulane launches the Office of Social Entrepreneurship Initiatives to foster development of creative solutions to pressing social challenges.
The Carnegie Corp. of New York awards President Cowen its prestigious Academic Leadership Award for being an exceptional leader who transformed crisis to opportunity for Tulane and New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. The Carnegie honor "recognizes the valuable work being done by Tulane to build healthy, sustainable communities, locally and around the world," Cowen said.
A compromise between the Tulane and LSU boards establishes a governing board for a public hospital that will be the flagship for teaching Tulane and LSU medical residents as well as providing health care to the community.
The readers of Gambit name Tulane the “best place to work” in the New Orleans area for the second year in a row.
Ruth’s Hospitality Group donates the site of Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on Broad Street for the creation of the Ruth U. Fertel/Tulane Community Health Center.
Renovations begin at Dinwiddie Hall. Once complete, it will be one of the uptown campus’ most energy-efficient buildings.
Tulane launches the Disaster Resilience Leadership Academy, the first university program in the nation to offer training through the doctoral level in international disaster management.
Commencement 2009 honors the courageous Katrina class. “In the hours and days after the storm, I often wondered whether I would ever see you again,” Tulane President Scott Cowen confided in his address to the graduates.
The class that started medical school in August 2005 learn where they will serve their residencies at Match Day.
The School of Medicine opens the Tulane Center for Advanced Medical Simulation and Team Training, a $3 million, 14,000-square-foot facility dedicated to improving patient safety and preventing medical errors through comprehensive training for healthcare professionals in a realistic environment.
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching selects Tulane for its Community Engagement Classification, a list of 195 U.S. educational institutions that are focused on outreach.
Tulane partners with the Posse Foundation to help further increase the diversity and quality of its undergraduate student body. The Posse Foundation works with urban public high schools to identify, recruit and train dynamic minority and economically disadvantaged students and send them to elite universities across the country.
The $27.5 million state-of-the-art Regional Biosafety Lab opens within the Tulane National Primate Research Center. Calling the primate center one of the “great assets of the Tulane community,” Cowen commended the work that will be done at the lab, saying it will serve as “a center of excellence” that will serve the community.
The NCAA awards the 2012 Men’s Basketball Final Four to New Orleans.
“Promise and Distinction: The Campaign for Tulane” ends, having exceeded its goal of $700 million by $30 million and bringing the university’s total endowment to $1.1 billion.
Tulane University closes at noon to evacuate in advance of Hurricane Gustav. The campus receives minimal damage, allowing students to return to their residence halls on September 7 and classes to resume September 8.
The population of New Orleans reaches more than 300,000. (The pre-Katrina population was 450,000.)
The Unified Commencement Ceremony returns to the Louisiana Superdome. James Carville and Mary Matalin address the graduates, noting the significance of the location. "It is completely and totally appropriate that this class graduate in this building," said Carville.
Tulane University All-America running back Matt Forté is picked by the Chicago Bears in the National Football League's draft. He is the 13th pick of the draft's second round and the 44th player selected overall.
The American Institute of Architects recognizes the Lavin-Bernick Center as one of the top 10 examples of sustainable architecture and green design.
Tulane University President Scott Cowen signs the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, pledging that the university will measure its impact on global warming and then develop a plan to achieve carbon neutrality through reduced energy use, green building, increased recycling efforts and other measures.
President Bill Clinton hosts the inaugural session of Clinton Global Initiative University, a meeting designed to engage college students in making commitments to address global issues with innovative solutions.
After a two-year absence, Tulane baseball is back on campus at the newly renovated Greer Field at Turchin Stadium. President Cowen said, "I remember very distinctly, two and a half years ago, standing on this very site in three feet of water. Little did I ever imagine, two and a half years later, I would be standing in front of this stadium itself."
A crowd of approximately 4,000 jam into Fogelman Arena to hear Sen. Barack Obama present his presidential platform. “Here at Tulane, your degree will open many doors,” said Obama. “I hope that many of you will choose to stay here in New Orleans, and to make this work your own. … You can be this city’s tomorrow.”
Murphy Oil Corp. donates a 15-story building to be used in the continuing expansion of Tulane University Medical School.
For the second straight year, the A. B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University is selected as one of the nation's top schools for entrepreneurs.
New Orleans streetcars are once again rumbling past Gibson Hall with their return to the St. Charles Avenue route.
A $2.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health renews Tulane's participation in the national Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women's Health program, begun when Tulane received a similar five-year grant in 2002.
Recent Tulane graduate Erica Trani opens IN Exchange, a “fair trade” retail shop in the Lavin-Bernick Center.
The Carnegie Corp. announces a grant of $5 million to Tulane that will assist the university in continuing to attract and retain top faculty as well as help New Orleans in its recovery.
Tulane is named one of the 25 "Hottest Schools in America" in the 2008 Kaplan/Newsweek "How to get into College" guide. Tulane was recognized as the university that was "Hottest on the Rebound" for its recovery from Hurricane Katrina. Tulane also was named a "Hottest School" in 2002.